Pen Players Presents “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” Aug 16 – Sept 3

Lord Arthur, a pillar of Victorian society, is about to marry the lovely Sybil Merton, his childhood sweetheart, and is deliriously happy at the start of Peninsula Players Theatre’s forthcoming comedy, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, by Constance Cox, based on a story by Oscar Wilde. Laughter will fill the theater-in-a-garden Aug. 16 – Sept. 3 while Lord Arthur takes the stage with his muddled murder attempts.

Things turn topsy-turvy for Lord Arthur when Podgers, a professional palm-reader, sees murder written into the lines of the young man’s hand. The dapper, gentlemanly Arthur sincerely believes the prediction that he will kill someone and, to protect Sybil, decides he must commit this murder before their wedding day. The utterly inexperienced Arthur seeks aid from Baines, his Jeeves-like personal gentleman’s gentleman. Together they launch several unsuccessful murder attempts on some of Arthur’s family members. Together they learn that committing murder is much more difficult than they imagined.

Peninsula Players Artistic Director Greg Vinkler will direct. The cast includes Karl Hamilton, Matt Holzfeind, Emma Rosenthal, Penny Slusher and Karen Janes Woditsch. Making his Peninsula Players debut is Derek Foret, a participant in the Peninsula Players internship program, as a diligent policeman.

A pre-show seminar will be held Aug. 18 at 6:30 pm in the theater with Dr. Christopher Chan speaking on Oscar Wilde. Dr. Chan will speak on Wilde’s life and works, including his short story that inspired the play. Tickets to performances are available; admission to the pre-show seminar is free.

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime performs Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7:30 pm. The closing performance Sept. 3 is a matinee performance scheduled for 4 pm. Individual ticket prices range from $38 to $44. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 920.868.3287 or visit


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